The Moths of Suffolk
1241 Grapholita compositella, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassland, fens, clover fields and other rough habitats on light soils

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and August. Local records have been made predominantly in June

Larval foodplants : In the stems, leaves and flower-heads of clovers (Trifolium), particularly Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) and White Clover (Trifolium repens), or Common Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Records : Ipswich (A Prichard,, Tattingstone (A Prichard,, Cretingham (A Prichard,, Great Badley (A Prichard,

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant during May to August; in pods of Trifolium. Tattingstone, Bentley Woods, common round Ipswich, on Heracleum flowers by day in Monks Soham paddock, Southwold Tuddenham, Brandon.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 8-10mm


Confusion species
    AdultGrapholita internana
Grapholita pallifrontana
Grapholita jungiella

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Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex ( © Stuart Read

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